Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2011.585444
Title: Reframing motherhood through the culture-centered approach: articulations of agency among young Nepalese women
Authors: Basnyat, I. 
Dutta, M.J.
Issue Date: Apr-2012
Source: Basnyat, I., Dutta, M.J. (2012-04). Reframing motherhood through the culture-centered approach: articulations of agency among young Nepalese women. Health Communication 27 (3) : 273-283. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2011.585444
Abstract: Based upon the culture-centered approach that foregrounds the relevance of interrogating the taken-for-granted assumptions that circulate in the dominant models of health communication on family planning, this article argues that traditional approaches to reproductive health campaigns are concerned with safe motherhood (e.g., fertility, birth spacing, hospital delivery) rather than with the processes through which women construct, negotiate, and maintain meanings of motherhood and health within their cultural contexts. In doing so, this traditional framework leaves out the broader sociocultural, political, and economic contexts of social structures that constrain and enable the possibilities for health in the realm of motherhood. The culture-centered approach notes the erasure of these voices of women from dominant epistemic structures, and seeks to interrupt knowledge production by co-constructing meanings of reproductive health through dialogues with women at the margins. Therefore, in-depth interviews were conducted to centralize experiences of the cultural participants, allowing alternative health meanings to emerge within their local contexts. In particular, highlighting narratives of young Nepalese women living under poverty, we are able to understand how women actively (re)construct meanings of motherhood within their localized cultural spaces. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Source Title: Health Communication
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52040
ISSN: 10410236
DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2011.585444
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